SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Marvelous Midwest Member Extras & Guidelines

AUTHOR EXTRAS

WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE

For SCBWI Members only, a limited number of written manuscript critiques from our on-site editors, agents and authors are available (scroll to the bottom of this page for a list). Critiques are purchased when you register. Your manuscript must be sent via Dropbox by March 13th and must conform to the guidelines. Dropbox links and guidelines are listed below. There are no refunds for Extras; that includes manuscripts that arrive late or do not conform to the guidelines. 

Critiques will only be available on the registration form through March 13th but may sell out earlier. 

You may only register for ONE Manuscript Critique and ONE Contest Entry

 

GUIDELINES for Manuscripts for Critique  

All manuscripts:
12 point font (standard font, such as Times New Roman, Arial)
1-inch margins
Your name, e-mail, title, format (picture book, middle grade, YA, etc.), genre (romance, mystery, biography etc.) must be at the top of the first page.
No title page is necessary and text may start immediately after the identifying information.

No introduction letter 
No illustrations (with the exception of Book Dummies for Debbie Ridpath Ohi, see below for more information)
Indicate genre and title when labeling Word Doc.
10 pages maximum     

Picture Book: ONE picture book manuscript, double spaced, 10-page maximum. Before submitting a book dummy for critiques by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, please contact Jennifer Wagh at Illinois-ara@scbwi.org
Novels: First 10 pages of the ms, double spaced  (even if this cuts off mid-chapter); your optional synopsis may be single-spaced (it must be contained within your 10-page max).
Poetry: this includes rhyming picture books, novels in verse, and stand-alone poetry collections. Poetry submissions should conform to the PB and novel guidelines above; however, they may be single-spaced with a double space between stanzas, per industry standards. Please separate poems and collections of poems, with a page break if possible. If poems are small, then a few lines spacing between them is fine.10-page maximum.
No critique manuscripts will be accepted before February 2 or after March 13th.

Manuscript Submission Instructions:   
Manuscripts must be received by March 13th. 
All manuscripts are to be submitted online through the link below.
Manuscript Critique Submission Link:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/XcLW72CFUgvvglpLRvn3
Please label Word Doc with age category and title, e.g., PBthreelittlebears.docx 
*Before submitting a book dummy for critiques by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, please contact Jennifer Wagh at Illinois-ara@scbwi.org

There are no refunds of critique fees; this includes manuscripts that arrive late or do not conform to the guidelines. Late manuscripts will not be critiqued.   
Questions, contact Jennifer Wagh at Illinois-ara@scbwi.org

 

MANUSCRIPT CONTEST (the manuscript contest is full 2/3/19)

SCBWI Members are eligible to enter one manuscript in the Marvelous Midwest Contest (You must be registered before sending in your manuscript. Contest submissions must be sent by March 13th. Manuscripts will be judged by Editor Frances Gilbert of Penguin Random House & Publisher Daniel Nayeri of Macmillan Odd Dot (25 mss each). No contest manuscripts will be accepted after March 13th.

The 2 winners (one from each editor) will be awarded a written critique and will be announced at the Marvelous Midwest Conference. The winner will also receive a 20-minute one-on-one phone call with the awarding editor at a mutually agreeable time.

All manuscripts submitted must conform to the guidelines below.

GUIDELINES for Manuscripts for Contest

All manuscripts:
12 point font (standard font, such as Times New Roman, Arial)
1 inch margins
Your name, e-mail, title, format (picture book, middle grade, YA, etc.), genre (romance, mystery, biography etc.) must be at the top of the first page. (no title page is necessary and text may start immediately after the identifying information)
No introduction letter.  
No illustrations

Indicate genre and title when labeling Word Doc.
5-page maximum
No contest manuscripts will be accepted after March 13th.
You may enter one manuscript in the Marvelous Midwest Contest. $15 per entry.
You must be registered before submitting your manuscript.
Contest submissions will be judged by Francis Gilbert (Associate Publishing Director, Random House Children’s and Daniel Nayeri (Publisher, Macmillan Odd Dot) (25 mss each).
The two winners (one from each faculty) will be awarded a written critique and will be announced at Marvelous Midwest. The winner will also receive a 20-minute one-on-one phone chat with the awarding faculty at a mutually agreeable time.

Contest submission link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/QtnNxjZaskbnDTHP2qc5

 

FIRST PAGES PANEL FOR WRITERS: 
No charge and only open to SCBWI members who are registered for the conference. 
Editors and agents have limited time to read manuscripts. Some say the “make it or break it” window is thirty seconds per manuscript. During this session, agents and editorial faculty will react to the first pages of manuscripts read aloud. What makes them compelling? What is a turnoff? What does a first page/image need to make an editor or agent want to keep reading? To participate, send four copies of one filled page of your picture book text or longer work. You may end your page in the middle of a sentence if necessary. These programs are so popular that it is impossible to feature every first page received.

Use the guidelines below. Questions? Contact Angie Karcher at Indiana-ara@scbwi.org

GUIDELINES for First Pages 
12-point font; Times New Roman, Courier or similar
1-in margins
Double-space
To save space, use a header for name, contact information, title, age category, and genre if appropriate.
Please begin story text at the top of the page to ensure you fill the page.
The postmark must between March 1 and March 31.
ONE manuscript allowed per attendee

Where to send your piece:
Marvelous Conference First Pages
c/o Angie Karcher
3725 Detroy Road
Evansville, Indiana 47720

 

ILLUSTRATOR EXTRAS

 

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Our speakers, art directors Nicole de las Heras and Sharismar Rodriguez, agent Kathleen Ortiz, and author-illustrators Jacqueline Alcántara, Keith Allen, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, John Parra, and Francis Vallejo are offering a total of 75 portfolio reviews. Each 15-minute review will be one-on-one at the conference and will run concurrently with other programming. You must check the box to register for this add on ($45.00 additional fee).   Bring your portfolio to the conference. You will receive notification of your assigned time at registration on the day of the conference. Portfolio reviews will be scheduled in the order that registrations are received.

GUIDELINES for Portfolios:
Suggested size (measure while open):
 – Max 32″ wide
 – Max 15″ high
10-15 images
Copies or prints; Do not include original materials

Include your name and contact information on your portfolio

 

ART SHOW/ILLUSTRATION CONTEST

SCBWI member illustrators attending the conference are invited to exhibit one unpublished illustration suitable for children’s books. These illustrations will be mounted on a wall throughout the weekend so no backing is needed. There is no extra charge, but you must register for this when you register for the conference. Illustrations should not exceed 18” in either direction and be unframed.

This year we’re featuring a contest based on two prompts: Unfair at the Fair and Everything’s Fair Play. The first prompt should feature something specifically referencing the phrase Unfair at the Fair. The second prompt is an opportunity for attendees to enter one piece of artwork in an anything-goes style prompt. Attendees can only enter one piece and must disclose what category they are entering when dropping off work. The artwork will be on display throughout the weekend, allowing attendees and faculty an extended period of time to view the work. There will be two prizes in each category: Grand prize—elected by the faculty art directors, and People’s Choice—selected by attendees.

 

FIRST LOOK FOR ILLUSTRATORS: (Optional)

Two Art Directors and a well-published illustrator will give first impressions of your children’s book illustration in a panel discussion. Three industry professionals will give brief suggestions, comments, and/or advice on the marketability of your work. This opportunity is free and only open to SCBWI members who are registered for the conference.

How to Submit: Send one illustration by APRIL 1st to Kirbi Fagan, michigan-ic2@scbwi.org with email subject heading, “WWMW First Look”

Image specs:
File name: firstname_lastname_state.jpg
Jpeg
72 DPI
No more than 1200 Pixels on the longest side.
Do not sign your art.

Please note we cannot guarantee every submitted image will get a chance to be seen by our panel. We can, however, promise that everyone who watches this panel will leave with a better understanding of what works and why. Please note that entries that do not follow these specs will not be seen by the panel.

 

ILLUSTRATOR POSTCARDS

Artists, you’ll have the unique opportunity to drop one of your postcards in each of your favorite editors’ and art directors’ conference mailboxes! Bring your best postcards (no bigger than 5inx7in) to participate.

 

PAL & Independently Published Extra

BOOKSTORE PARTICIPATION

PAL and independently published members are invited to participate in the bookstore and signing. Please see the BOOKSTORE page for instructions and rules.

 

 

Providing Written Critiques

 

A. LaFaye Children’s Book Author
Allison Hunter Hill Associate Editor
Angie Karcher Author/Illustrator
Cheryl Klein Editorial Director, Lee & Low Books, and Author
Clelia Gore Literary Manager, Martin Literary and Media Management
Cyle Young Literary Agent at C.Y.L.E.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi Children’s Book Author and Illustrator
Eliza Swift Senior Editor at Sourcebooks
Jamie A. Swenson Children’s Author & Librarian
Kashmira Sheth Author
Kathleen Ortiz Literary Agent
Linda Howard Associate Publisher, Children, Youth, and Family
Linda Skeers Author
Natasha Tarpley Children’s Book Author
Ruth Spiro Children’s Book Author
Sarvinder K Naberhaus Children’s Book Author
Sharon Darrow Children’s Book Author, MFA, Faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts
Silvia Acevedo Children’s Book Author and SCBWI-WI Indie/Self-Publishing Coordinator
Stephen Fraser Senior Literary Agent
Tracy Vonder Brink Contributing Editor, Click, ASK, and Muse magazines
Wendi Gu Literary Agent

Providing Portfolio Reviews

Debbie Ridpath Ohi Children’s Book Author and Illustrator
Francis Vallejo Book Illustrator
Jacqueline Alcántara Illustrator
John Parra Illustrator
Kathleen Ortiz Literary Agent
Keith Allen Children’s Book Author, Illustrator & Paper-Engineer
Nicole de las Heras Art Director
Sharismar Rodriguez Children’s Book Art Director